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MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 6:00am EDT
is in a big mess? mr. reid. harry reid. the guy who called americans evil. >> mike allen, tell us about this. i was reading the las vegas review journal. i'm heading out there this weekend. >> reading the metro section? >> a few meetings. tell us about harry reid. i was reading these polls in the paper. tell us about it. >> forget about harry reid. i want to know why you're going to las vegas? >> it's a long story. >> it's research. willie goes to vegas. >> willie, do you have any openings for interns? >> not at present. we'll talk off line. >> the senate majority leader does have a problem down by double digits against the potential challenger danny tarkanian. he's down against another challenger, the state republican party chairman. and joe will recognize the danger of this number right now. incumbent leader, one of the most powerful people, maybe the most powerful person in the senate, his approval rating back home, 37%. >> wow. >> that's the number george w. bush could laugh at. >> that is unbelievable. all right. >> is danny tarkanian the tark's son? >> yes. how could he not win? >> and
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2009 6:00am EDT
, harry reid, un-american, nancy pelosi runs the house, talking about fascist tactics, at least the democrats talking crazy are running washington, d.c. our people are talking about death panels aren't elected. >> the republicans who are elected clearly or not making enough good noise. >> you know what, let's just call them out right now. let's just do it. since i lovemaki making everybo. tim pawlenty has a responsibility to distance himself from death panel talk. yesterday, we had the chairman of the gop, michael steele, a guy i like very much personally. the next time he believes whether the legislation has death panels in it. he needs to say, no, it does not. the virginia governor, he needs to come out and distance himself from nancy pelosi saying that these tactics are un-american -- >> we tried with michael steele yesterday. >> i'm just saying, there's all of this uncontrolled rage out there, i think leaders of both parties have to be called on the carpet and distance themselves from the crazy rhetoric that's out there, whether it's coming from nancy pelosi or harry reid ca
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 6:00pm EDT
and senate majority leader harry reid are planning to use a crisis as an excuse to declare martial law. it's all part of socialism. >> they have one agenda, that's socialism. i call it a steamrolling socialism being driven by nancy pelosi, harry reid and fueled by barack obama. actually there's a history of that. why would a government ever use a crisis to consolidate power and put military on america's streets? oh, yeah, you're right, there is a history, just not in democratic administrations. scaring your town hall seniors with threats of socialism and martial law? that's fear mongering "psychotalk," congressman. >>> and the congressman who proposed the end of life passage of the bill joins me to set the record straight right here on "the ed show," next. plus or panel will respond to my commentary on the christian faith and moral obligation to deliver health care in this country. that's next up here on "the ed show." bicycle, what are we waiting for? the flowers are blooming. the air is sweet. and zyrtec® starts... relieving my allergies... 2 hours faster than claritin®. my worst sympt
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 6:00pm EDT
with president obama, majority leader harry reid vowed to press on even in the face of this opposition. >> the american people want health care reform and we're going to do health care reform. in spite of the loud, shrill voices trying to interrupt town hall meetings and just throw monkey wrench into everything, we're going to continue to be positive and work hard. >> health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. secretary sebelius, let's take a look at what you encountered in pennsylvania this weekend with senator arlen specter. >> that's a lie! >> secretary, i have to tell you, i went to some of those kinds of town meetings when i worked with senator moynahan, never encountered anything like that. did you expect this? any hint this planned sabotage was out there? >> well, we had had a town hall meeting a couple of weeks ago with four cabinet secretaries in louisiana. and had some similar folks show up with very similar statements and very similar arguments. so it was clear that this is kind of a nationally driven campaign. we knew that something was different in philadelphia
MSNBC
Aug 6, 2009 3:00pm EDT
minutes. we're also expected that harry reid will speak on the senate floor. >> he's harry reid now. >> first hispanic, the third woman, the third person of color on our supreme court. on the floor a few minutes ago, also made history by confirming someone as qualified as anyone has been to go in that court. i want to congratulate chairman leahy and the entire committee. they moved this quickly, fairly and with a great deal of dignity. i've said before that justice sotomayor, as soon as she is sworn into office, will bring a wealth of experience and a great perspective that hasn't been on that court in a long time. most of all, she'll bring good judgment. chairman leahy. >> thank you. thank you for your help. i thank all the other senators who joined us on this. you may recall that we talked with the president about the scheduling of this, i said it made sense to give the same schedule that we had for chief justice roberts. i said that schedule was good for him. same schedule was good for her. we followed that schedule with wrour help and with the help of the members of the committe
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2009 3:00pm EDT
changes. the white house would be able to -- does not get removed in advance. the spokesman for harry reid says democrats have not reached a decision yet, but did say, quote -- just today, mitt romney arty, work together with the middle of his party, republicans as well, and get a plan that gets people insured without having a government take over insurance. >> joining us now, chuck todd. what's going on right now, the president trying to address democrats, trying to get them more energized, how's that going over? >> well, look, i mean, this is not new. the white house has said this for months they would do this. saying look rk they're going to get a bill whatever it takes and if republicans are at the table, fine. if they're not, fine. they'll go another way. they have the votes to do that. i think part of the strategy using the budget sort of way to go around the rules a little bit was the negotiating ploy to keep republicans at the table, keep them negotiating a little bit. i'm fascinated what's going to happen tonight. there's the gang of six is going to be having a conference call. fi
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2009 6:00pm EDT
, why is nancy pelosi and harry reid trying to kill them? folks, these people are over the top. and they're not grasping the situation. they are easily led. and it's scary. they're being fed lies by right-wing radio. they're being fed lies by right-wing talkers on television and they're playing the fear card big-time. and they're basically depending on these people to go out and do their dirty work. now this is all about a massive misinformation campaign. and the president spoke to it this weekend. >> so let me explain what reform will mean for you. and let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia or cut medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care. that's simply not true. >> here's where it's coming from. sarah palin. she's playing around with her facebook account on friday and put this garbage up on her site. the america i know and love is not the one which my parents or my baby with down syndrome will have to stand in front of the obama's death panel, so the bureaucrats can decide based on the subjective judgment of their level o
MSNBC
Aug 3, 2009 6:00pm EDT
committee, once it comes out that harry reid look at them and say, you've got a lot of work but that's not what we want. we're going to move closer to the senate house committee and come whatever three comes out of the house. i want to come back to your statement about this in august. this doesn't matter what they do in august when they go home. this office is democratic and they are at a disadvantage because the opposition is geared up and it gets lost during the recess. >> all right. panel, stay with us. coming up, bill clinton is having de ja vu on health care. can president obama avoid that? that's next in the play book. hey, it's me, water. did you know that when you filter me at home i'm pretty much the same as i am in a plastic bottle? except that you'll save, like, $600 bucks a year. but other than that, we're pretty much the same. pur. good, clean water. (announcer) regular kool-aid. goes almost three times further than soda. kool aid. delivering more smiles per gallon. (groans) a lot of people are gonna be kicking themselves for not buying in this market. (woman) visit rema
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 4:00pm EDT
. harry reid said today this is all a bunch of nonsense. >> it's a phony issue. it does not deserve even a minute of our attention on the floor of the united states senate. it's absurd, irresponsible, baseless, and a false claim that has long ago been refuted. >> who are these so-called birthers? let's start with orly taitz. she's gone so far as to say that the president should be tried for crimes perpetrated upon american citizens. there's also allen keys, a former presideform former presidential candidate. phillip berg filed a birther lawsuit against president obama. the case was dismissed. berg also sued then president george w. bush claiming he was complicity in the 9/11 terror attacks. there's also a man by the name of andy martin, said to be one of the first people to claim that president obama was secretly a muslim. radio pastor wyle drake reportedly brought orly taitz into the movement. also the conservative news webside world net daily. the birth movement has been gaining traction online, especially along some conservative bloggers. according to google it's a mostly southern thi
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2009 3:00pm EDT
the republican party on with him. >> i'm just wondering, we heard from harry reid and a part of his quote, he says they're talking their cues from talk show hosts. it's not often you try to blow yourself up, but that's what they're obviously doing. it's a party being run by a talk show host. i think there are a lot of people saying you know, rush limbaugh is the one in charge still. >> i think the point that democrats are trying to do is what this is about is that they can't defend their health care plan on the merits. >> mike, philip, how can they defend it if they're not even being allowed a chance to explain it? you have people showing up, not aloeing them to even talk. >> listen, the president of the united states has had how many prime time news conferences -- >> we're not talking about the president. we're talking about these town halls. >> they've had months to make their case -- >> it's not about responsibility. >> if you look at polling numbers, they show mounting opposition to health care policies. >> i can't imagine, any poll that suggests that people lacking discussion where one s
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2009 2:00pm EDT
that harry reid is considering a plan to break the plan into two parts. put the more expensive reform
MSNBC
Aug 21, 2009 6:00pm EDT
reform bill was his number one priority. i hope harry reid will insist it's the number one priority. if the republicans decide to filibuster, let them filibuster. let the american people see what they're about, just opposing anything that representing progress. >> and speaking of filibuster, do you think the american people right now have fallen off the wagon with president obama if he doesn't, you know, play that hand. i think it's the liberal base getting shaky. your thoughts? >> my thought is we were elected to lead, not to follow. the american people want us to get out in front. even if they are hesitant to follow us, they put their trust in us. and the democrats were given a majority and president obama mandated to get health care reform done in this country. this is our opportunity. and we ought to put the polls aside. if we get it done, you know, the rewards will be to follow. the american people will realize we took risks, he took a lot of risks, but he got him done and he serves their interest. i know they'll re-elect him if he gets this done. joe madison, good to have you
MSNBC
Aug 18, 2009 6:00am EDT
language here. on the liberal side, nancy pelosi calling protesters un-american. harry reid calling opponents of health care evil mongers. nadler saying fascist. pelosi calling insurance companies "the real villains." the conservative side, sarah palin saying obama's death panel down right evil. chuck grassley saying every right to fear death panels. a congressman from georgia saying this is a steam roller of socialism. john boehner last month saying government-encouraged euthenasia included in the health care plan. we heard that echoed from newt gingrich as well. >>> pat buchanan, the splilness in this debate just escalating, now you have nadler talking about fascism. >> let me tell you, i just did a column and i have polls out. this is insanity on liberal democrats. 64% of moderates say the protesters are behaving appropriately and 40% of democrats say that. and by almost two to one, people who know about the protesters identify with them, not against them. joe, there's a story today about a congressman in the neighboring district, congressman boyd. he held three town hall meeting
MSNBC
Aug 3, 2009 1:00pm EDT
it alone. if no deal, that is, is reached by mid-september. majority leader harry reid is reportedly ready to use a process known as reconciliation to get a democrats-only bill on the floor with just 51 votes. democratic senator sherrod brown is with us. wouldn't this be declaring war in the senate? >> i don't know exactly what it means, declaring war in the senate. i do know that senator baucus has tried for months to get bipartisan agreement on things like important parts of legislation like an option. and republicans for philosophicals are not able to make any kind of significant concessions so they can move forward. we want to do this bipartisanly, but more important than a bipartisan bill is a good bill. and to allow the drug companies and the insurance industries to write this bill the way they did the medicare law under the bush years is certainly not tenable for the great majority of democrats and for the country, frankly. >> well, senator mccain this weekend on cnn state of the union said that they've been shut out, particularly on the health committee, which i believe on which yo
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 1:00pm EDT
where senate majority leader harry reid is speaking after his lunchtime meeting with president obama and other senate democrats. >> we have four of the five committees that have greeted their work. everyone recognizes that we are going to do, if there's any way humanly possible a bipartisan bill. we don't want to do a partisan bill. and we hope our republican colleagues acknowledge that. we'll continue to work with them as long as we have to. the american people want health care reform and we're going to do health care reform. in spite of the loud, shrill voices trying to interrupt town hall meetings and just throw a monkey wrench into everything, we're going to continue to be positive and work hard. there was a lot of experience in that room and we had someone who was leading us who we all admire so very, very much. the president didn't get one standing ovation, but several of them. he was really kind of reminded me of the days when i was an athlete and the coach was giving you a pep talk before the game. you came out of that pep talk that the coach gave you ready to take on the wor
MSNBC
Aug 6, 2009 11:00am EDT
this process and that will end up with what harry reid, the democrat said a few days ago, we will get something but it may not be until the end of the year. >> yeah. the prevailing wisdom, i'm glad you brought that up, the president and democrats will get something even if it doesn't amount to a fig leaf, the stakes are too high. congressional democrats understand their political fortunes rise and fall with that of the president. we started out talking about the poll. there's probably a lot more concern among democrats in the house of representatives about those polls than there is at the white house simply because they have to run every two years and they are up again next year. i think when you look at some of the options that are on the table, it's hard to see how they are going to reconcile with the senate, the direction they are going in and the direction the house is going in in terms of public option and major components of this. it's a fig leaf at the end of the year. i don't think that works for democrats to be honest with you. >> mike, i appreciate it. in fact you set up my next conve
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2009 6:00pm EDT
they understand how complex and how much it could misfire? >> i think they are and i think certainly harry reid is cognizant of that. i'd be interested in your view, though. what i think i learned covering you, and i wish i had e-mail then because you were hard to get on the phone, was that senators and particularly senators involved in financial stuff, can sort of figure these things out and make it work and delay things and phase in different provisions to try to work out whatever they want to dor. so i'm a little skeptical that they can't do it this way. you tell me, can they make it happen? >> no, i agree with conrad. what happens is what they will do is raise a budget point of order saying, this provision of the bill right here involving health insurance reform on pre-existing conditions, which is absolutely critical to health care reform legislation, is irrelevant to the federal budget in the following ways. then you need 60 votes to overrule that point. so it will take 60 votes within reconciliation to include most of the things that people want included in the bill. and that's basically
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2009 8:00am EDT
's happened is that the democratic leadership particularly harry reid and nancy pelosi, have started ridiculing these people and they're escalating and they've called out the unions and the unions are now trying tone force some order. it reminded me a little bit of when the rolling stones decided to hire hell's angels to tamp down the rowdy crowd at altamont. it's a bad idea, they're escalating, but everyone has an obligation to hear from every constituent, whether or not they agree with them and we need to create a process where everybody gets a chance at the microphone to calmly express their views. >> igor, there are some democrats trying to dismiss the angry crowds as a minority push by conservative groups, giving them directions to get to the front of the group, spread yourselves out, be loud and make your talking points and disrupt things. is that fair? >> alex, i think if there's one thing the clip you just played demonstrates is that the people at this town hall, groups like freedomworks, americans for prosperity, they're not interested in having a substantive debate. they're
MSNBC
Aug 17, 2009 6:00pm EDT
are essentially working against themselves on this. party leadership like harry reid and the president himself need to say, listen, this is what we want and this is how we're going to get it. >> ron christie, you identified yourself as a health care expert. buddy, i'm all about it. i need to know if these co-ops have a life expectancy. do you think it has a pulse with the republican party? is it a viable way to go? >> i don't think it's a viable way to go. i think sam's analysis was pretty much spot-on. i don't think some of the versions we've heard about co-ops are going to have the buying power to make a significant difference. you want to talk about a way we can really have real health care reform right now, why don't we loosen those regulations that do not allow you to buy insurance across state lines. that would be one tangible, relatively easy thing for folks in congress to do to allow more people to have coverage. this public option or sense of a co-op i think is dead on arrival. senator conrad's right, they don't have the votes. the president needs to work with congress on behalf of th
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2009 5:00pm EDT
the president is doing. >> i want the president, nancy pelosi, harry reid to keep the federal government out of my health care, period. >> when you turned 65, they're getting into your health care whether you like it or not. medicare is a government program. >> i want medicare to be privatized. it shouldn't be a government program. it's the thiching driving up health care costs, not that we don't have a public option. it's medicare, medicaid and s-chip. the government run programs that are running up health care costs. that's where the reform ought to be. >> so you want to get rid of what's known as hcfa and all that will government apparatus, replace it with private sector health care, with private sector insurance. >> amen. >> let me ask you this. you keep skipping over this birther thing. a half dozen members of what was your delegation, you built that delegation, you built that republican stronghold down there cull berson, people like that are birthers and raise the questions of the president's legitimacy. the implication is this guy ought to be picked up because he was never naturalize
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2009 4:00pm EDT
leader harry reid says democrats have not reached any decisions just yet, but here is what he did say. quote, patience is not unlimited, and we are determined to get something done this year by any legislative means necessary. and today mitt romney, former massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, explained why he thinks the president is struggling to find a compromise on health care reform. >> if the president wants to get something done, he needs to put aside the extreme liberal wing of his party, work together with middle votes of his party, work with republicans as well, and get a plan that gets people insured without having the government take over insurance. >> but president obama says he still wants to negotiate with republicans. here is what he said a short time ago on the michael smerconish program. >> i'm confident we're going to get it done, and as far as negotiations with republicans, my attitude has always been let's see if we can get this done with some consensus. i would love to have more republicans engaged and involved in this process. >> adrielle is a report
MSNBC
Aug 21, 2009 10:00pm EDT
. harry reid preparing to do what progressives hollered for, cut the republicans loose and pass public health care. reid's staff says they are possibly going to use the reconciliation posture. we will not pursue reconciliation until we exhausted efforts to produce a bipartisan bill, however, patience is not unlimited. jon kyl said he does not think a single republican senator would vote for either the house bill or the one senate bill that made it out of committee so far. after michael steele dared democrats to go it alone, taunting that their reluctance to do so prove democrats know the american people rejected their vision of health care reform. >> don't come up in my face saying i'm an obstacle. you got the votes, mr. president, pass the bill. they could have done it. why didn't they? they know it's poisonous. they know the american people will not tolerate it. >> polls show american not even tolerating, but supporting the option. few americans supporting president obama on health care in general. 46% proving his handling of health care down 57% from april. let's turn to clarence pa
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 11:00am EDT
the democrats lose that. democrats come up 0 for 3 this fall, there are your canaries in the coal mine. >> harry reid had a poll released yesterday by the las vegas review journal that had him at 38 points down 11 points to his opponent. that is significant. >> we will keep our eye on it. charlie and doug, thank you both for joining us. >> thank you. >> now it's time for my daily big thought. we usually do it later in the show but i bring it up early. three things that caught my attention this week and that ultimately wove together for me the first was a tremendous 60 minutes episode on sunday where they look back at their creator don hewlett. i thought it was powerful when he shared that the best tv, maybe the best in life is about four little words -- tell them a story. that so often he said he didn't book the guests, if you will, he didn't always book an issue and didn't want to talk policy. he wanted to talk about a story and threw incredible character and stories so much was shared and learned and told. the second one is paul krugman's op-ed today in "the new york times." the nobel prize wi
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 6:00pm EDT
obama knows it yet. i don't know whether harry reid knows it yet. i don't know if the american people know it yet. it's going to have to be a democratic bill. it will have to be through reconciliation. i believe, if barack obama puts the hammer to the democrats, sure, there are 50 votes there. >> michael graham, if reconciliation was okay when the republicans had the majority, why isn't it okay now that the democrats have had the majority? >> i think steve did a good job explaining things that have been used in the past. i hope every democrat listens to my buddy bill press. do it like you did with the stimulus package which has a whopping 33% approval rating. you don't need republicans. jam it down america's throat. >> we'll be happy to take credit for fixing the economy and delivering healthcare without one republican vote, and we'll take that to the voters in 2010, and the party of no will lose again. >> jean cummings, let me ask you. is there a political downside if the democrats go down this road of reconciliation in the senate? they obviously don't have 60 votes, but they could g
MSNBC
Aug 26, 2009 11:00am EDT
harry reid! it's tough! you don't sometimes give credit to these guys. they represent districts that can swing just like that. they have to hit the middle of the road voter to win and need them. in massachusetts, you just need the democrats. >> but with democrats, if you're for the wage earner, you don't have to worry about reeke reelection. >> i worked for senators from utah, for example, frank moss who had a -- he got blown away by orrin hatch. if you're from a state not liberal, i don't care how pro liberal you are, you get beaten. >> what did it mean in president obama's campaign to get an endorsement and what reaction to this day do the clintons have about that? >> let me give you the positive part of it. >> yes. >> bobby is probably going to be known forever as a brother. the books about him will be the last brother. he is primarily a brother to his brothers. joe jr. who lost his life in the war, he never forgot him. always loyal to the memory of his brother and to jack and to bobby. i think he extended that brotherhood to barack obama. he made him the new brother and i think that
MSNBC
Aug 26, 2009 3:00pm EDT
. >> part of this goes to the vacuum now being left in the senate and the fact is harry reid and mitch mcconnell have the title of leader but there seems to be universal acknowledgement when teddy was at his active best, he could command that leadership in the senate. is there any way that vacuum gets filled short term or is it going to take awhile before the senate self-selects the next teddy. >> i think a couple points about that. a younger generation of reporters are covering washington and covering it at such a polarized time. you talk to brokaw or tim russert when he was alive, you recall an era where bipartisanship of the type ta we saw with ted kennedy was possible. it attracted that kind of person and ted kennedy was able to thrive there. now you've got president obama facing such a polarized institution in the senate and certainly that in the house. it makes it a lot more difficult. so the question of who picks up the mantle and whether patrick kennedy does that a question. >> hillary clinton and joe biden a year ago, i think those were the first two names people would have said,
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2009 8:00pm EDT
and more important than that, a 60th democratic vote in the snoot. why harry reid, the democratic leader in the united states senate has been calling for this, i think patrick and the democratic leaders will be able to get it done. >> so that would be the reason that the republicans might stand down on opposition on the understanding this would not be a five-month jump-start on the special election for whoever got appointed? does that -- and does that mean, then, it's more likely -- less likely to be the prosecutor from the infamous nanny case, martha coakley and more somebody like governor dukakis? >> yes, absolutely. if it were to be the attorney general coakley who wants to run, interested in running if john kerry won the presidency in 2004. very ambitious. that would scotch the deal right there. it would have to be somebody like mike dukakis, talked about a lot. certain historic justice from a democratic state to have a former democratic standard bearer take that job and mike dukakis policy is up on the issues, would be perfect for the job. that's the kind of person that would have t
MSNBC
Aug 30, 2009 2:00pm EDT
in the sense he has to really step up and frame this for us. the leadership can do it. harry reid, i think, has worked hard. i know max baucus is working hard on the finance committee. we put a bill back together in july, as you know, david. teddy's committee, which i was asked to chair temporarily for him. a good bill, by the way. it was 300 amendments as part of that effort. most of them technical, but many are substantive. that bill has been sitting will. we're ready to work on that along with the finance committee and to move forward. that's what needs to happen here. my belief is that if we can get these bills together and sit down with each other, we can produce a strong vibrant, vitally needed health care reform legislation of accessibility, of course, quality and affordability. >> i want to get a final thought. first from you senator dodd. as you sit here this morning after all the emotion of the past week, what is the meaning of senator kennedy, the man and the legislator that you are thinking about this morning? >> well, john i think said it very well. one thing that was so difficult.
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 6:00am EDT
to drive the car. not sit in the back seat while nancy pelosi and harry reid drove the car. they want barack obama to get behind the wheel and drive the car. >> that's the damnedest thing. i asked why this happened. he had his plan. nancy said no. he deferred on that, cap and trade, health care. why is he deferring on all these huge issues that are, again, defining his presidency. >> joe, i think the reason is -- the reason i think, joe, it's his character. it's not a bad character. there's a certain diffidence, if you will. the other anti-thesis of lbj hands on, getting into this amendment, that amendment. i think he naturally defers. i'm the commander. let them carry these things out. i think, joe, what has happened, in middle america people say give this guy a shot. this may represent really change, this may be something different of the conclusion is c c congeeling these are the same old tax and spend democrats as before. >> he's done too much campaigning at 10,000 feet. he needs to kind of get down and do the sort of get dirty. >> here is the metaphor, life and politics and being
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2009 9:00am EDT
. >> i don't trust pelosi. i don't trust harry reid. i don't trust steny hoyer. i don't trust barney frank. i want to see an accounting of the -- i want to see an accounting of the -- the -- the federal reserve. >> yeah, the bank bailouts. talk to me if you could about your experience yesterday. why did you feel the need to be as aggressive as you were? >> i was told that i -- i was told by arlen specter's people that there was going to be an open forum, and i would have at least five minutes of my time. i was guaranteed that i would get a chance to talk. and i get there at the meeting, and i am sitting there, and 30 cards were handed out to people to write down questions and ask questions. 30 cards were handed out. and, i mean, i have never been at a meeting before. what was i doing there if i was not going to be ask any questions? i mean, it was useless to be there. so i got up to leave -- i got up to leave and some bruiser grabs me, tells me to sit down, and he had no right to tell me to sit down when i am trying to leave. i am trying to leave and all of a sudden i am swarmed by p
MSNBC
Aug 5, 2009 6:00am EDT
continued to clash with opposition groups in the streets. and senate majority leader harry reid says he now has the votes needed to pasch the cash for clunkers measure despite worries about the legislation, top republicans also say the incentive will likely be extended. >> back to the north korean story let's read what dowd wrote in "the new york times" this morning. let the big dog run. despite actually i've got -- all right. i was looking at another part of the op-ed we have numbered as "i." despite decades of bipartisan rhetoric about not negotiating with terrorists john bolton wrote it seems the obama administration has chosen not only to negotiate but to send a former president to do so. but, and this is erin's point, bill clinton will bring back valuable information about kim's mental and physical health and she says if we had that information about saddam we would have known he was trying to bluff his neighbors and no need for our shock and awe. >> why do they do it now, to the point maureen made about bill upstaging hillary? i mean, hillary is doing a major african tour, it's the fo
MSNBC
Aug 5, 2009 9:00am EDT
breaking news from the associated press. senate majority leader harry reid warning they better come to agreement for cash for clunkers or miss their august recess. he says he has the votes to take place to the lawmakers can leave as planned on their august vacations. we will be watching it. >> thank you very much. a tear-jerker to say the least today. dramatic and emotional day in this country. glorious return in the west. two american journalists. a tragic event in the east in pennsylvania. america, today, continues to play tremendous contrast and tremendous opportunities. so thank you for spending some of your morning with us. carlos watson picks up msnbc live and karen finney is with him, in fact, after this. pollen. when i really liked to be outside, i did not like suffering from nasal allergy symptoms like congestion. but nasonex relief may i say... bee-utiful! prescription nasonex is proven to help relieve indoor and outdoor nasal allergy symptoms like congestion, runny and itchy nose and sneezing. (announcer) side effects were generally mild and included headache. viral infec
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2009 6:00am EDT
landing planes, even nancy pelosi, harry reid and barack obama will be elderly some day. >> pat buchanan, i wanted to ask you because sarah palin -- you've followed sarah palin's ark closely. again, something that sarah palin is not helping herself here, talking about these death panels, about how barack obama's plan could lead to the death of little trig. that's not helpful to her on the cause, is it? >> it's not only tough, it is impossible to defend. it's got nothing to do 0 with children. there have been good, frankly, good columns that end of life thing, these professional physician counselors. charles lane had one i think it was saturday in "the washington post" which i thought was excellent and there's no doubt that, look, they are going to cut back benefits, prescription drugs, things like that to some extent for the elderly because all the expenses come in the last six months of life and these are going to have to be cut back. that's what you're seeing that lady, a 74-year-old cancer patient, you're seeing all that concern. that's one of the driving forces, parents and about the
MSNBC
Aug 18, 2009 9:00am EDT
now is harry reid from nevada and number one on the republican side is mitchell mcdonnell and his number two is robert bennett from utah. dick durbin from lynn's home state from illinois, it's actually unusual for a big state senator to actually have like a huge impact player in the senate because usually it's smaller and moderate size to get the power. >> sure. but does that variable play into a conversation about health care reform which is a 305 million person problem ultimately, particularly for both health care and the economics of providing that health care, does a model like this, is a model like this ill-suited to deal with a problem like health care, i guess? >> yes, this is when -- >> lynn, go ahead, first. >> when you have an each panel, it's hard to make a decision to get something done. i think it's asking for consensus troo early in the process by the small number of people when you have all of these issues swirling around you. that's -- you know, this is the issue management problem for the obama white house right now. on the other hand, it sounds very reasonable, d
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2009 6:00am EDT
there. >> is that in fact -- does that force nancy pelosi to call people's tactics un-american or harry reid to say people are evil if you don't do -- what i found is if i have a sane conversation with a democrat on health care and we don't scream, i get off and get all this hateful e-mail saying basically, you're marching people to death camps, staring at hitler and didn't say anything. >> this piece right here is a lot of democrats and even republicans look off and try to be respectful, people don't cover it, doesn't make good television. when he pushes back and a lot of people are waiting for democrats to push back all of a sudden, yes, we're excited to see that. people say it's a pushback and now it's out there, what planet are you from? people will pick this up, you talk against health care, what planet are you from? >> the sad thing is we're showing this lady's face for being reckless and irresponsible and dredging something up out of the internet and spitting it up. we do that because of barney frank's response. is mike here? >> let you weigh in on this. >> mike is there. >> i th
MSNBC
Aug 21, 2009 6:00am EDT
on the democratic side, for president obama to say harry reid, you should not call americans evil. and for michael steele to say sarah palin, and newt gingrich, cut the death panel talk. >> yeah, and there is so much junk out there, and let's put this in quotes, the responsible voices with platforms, nothing to hold back the dam. right now you do get the feeling the little guy with the thumb in the dik here. >> and i do believe it's 85% of the country are turned off by the extremists. mika, at least that's what i hear when i go up. i get democrats saying thank you all the time. i have conservatives saying thank you, we are having a rational discussion. i think we have the crazies out numbered. >> before you go, we lost don hewitt last week. >> yeah, and he was beyond influential, and created and revolutionalized the news. what he really did at "60 minutes," people say he brought entertainment into television. he brought news, journalism into television magazine, and he was the funnest guy you could work for in a million years. i am shocked he died. the last time i spoke to him on the phone, he sai
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2009 6:00am EDT
has been signing bills that nancy pelosi ex harry reid crafted. he has to find the center domestically. he is nowhere near there. i know the left like hearing that. it's the reality. >> and you i talked a couple months ago where this man, he will get a republican congress in 2010, and they will pound him from the right and he will go towards the middle. the congress now is yanking him left. it doesn't yield the kind of policy americans will readily support. >> i have to say this, and then we have to go to news. it saved bill clinton, having a republican congress. if you look at george w. bush, a man that did not veto a single spending bill while republicans ran washington, and a man that listened to nobody on foreign policy but himself, his inner voice while republicans ran washington, the second democrat took control, he fired donald rumsfeld, and talked about spending. george w. bush needed a democratic congress, every bit as much as obama needed a republican congress to balance it out. when bush got rid of rumsfeld, he brought in robert gates. he listened to condoleezza rice more. t
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